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04 Apr 2018
Prince of Wales opens Commonwealth Games, described "more relevant than ever before"

The 2018 Commonwealth Games have kicked off on the Gold Coast, Australia, with more than 1.5 billion people tuning in to watch the opening ceremony.

The ceremony took place at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast in front of a stadium audience of more than 35,000.

Held for the 21st time, the Games will run until 15 April and see 4,600 athletes from 71 countries compete across 18 sports.

In her opening ceremony speech, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Louise Martin said: "Today, there is a renewed focus on what our family of nations stands for and who we are.

"The Commonwealth is now more relevant than ever before. We have a great opportunity to be the global leader in demonstrating how we can successfully thrive together, as both a deeply diverse yet unified family of 2.4 billion people.

"It is this unbreakable Commonwealth connection that enables us to have a positive impact on each other and on the world we share."

The Games were officially declared open by Charles, Prince of Wales.

The opening ceremony also marked the launch of the search for the host of the 2026 and 2030 Games.

During a meeting ahead of the official opening ceremony, all 71 Commonwealth Games Associations were informed of an 18-month-long consultative bidding process, which will take place under the new CGF Partnerships model.

The new system is designed to allow the Commonwealth Sports Movement to capitalise on the Federation's "innovative new Games delivery model", CGF Partnerships (CGFP), which aims to support host nations and cities and enhance the overall value of hosting the Games.

CGF president Martin said: "As we celebrate and support the thousands of Commonwealth athletes here on the Gold Coast, and work hand-in-hand with local and national partners to realise the benefits of the Games on the host community, there is no better reminder of the transformative impact and social foundations of the Commonwealth Sports Movement."

The hosts for the 2026 edition will be named at the next General Assembly in September 2019.


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20 Mar 2019
Irene Forte joins GWS advisory board
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has appointed Irene Forte to its advisory board.
05 Mar 2019
Jeremy McCarthy to receive 2019 ISPA Visionary Award
The International SPA Association (ISPA) will present the 2019 ISPA Visionary Award to Jeremy McCarthy, director of spa & wellness for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group at the ISPA Conference & Expo taking place at The Venetian in Las Vegas from 11-13 September, 2019.
05 Mar 2019
Fonteverde takes top honours at World Spa & Wellness Awards
The winners of the World Spa & Wellness Awards were announced at a gala dinner last week during the World Spa & Wellness Conference in London.
27 Feb 2019
Mick Ebeling to receive Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award
The International SPA Association (ISPA) has announced philanthropist and changemaker Mick Ebeling will be the closing keynote speaker at the 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo, taking place 11-13 September 2019 at The Venetian Resort & Spa in Las Vegas.
26 Feb 2019
Sweat 2019: boutique fitness sector still thriving and nowhere near 'breaking point'
The current boutique fitness boom is nowhere near reaching a 'breaking point'.
26 Feb 2019
FIT Summit launched to 'connect Asia’s fitness and wellness industry'
A new event – marketed as the first major business gathering for Asia's health, fitness and wellness industry – will be held next month.
25 Feb 2019
ukactive expands annual awards – adds Active Training Awards to schedule
ukactive has revealed a shake-up of its annual awards by adding a raft of new categories.
25 Feb 2019
Beijing 2022 organisers reveal outline of legacy plan
The organising committee for the Beijing 2022 Olympics has outlined its legacy plans for the Games.
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